College football players are some of the most athletic people on the planet, and they can often put that athleticism to good use.

That was the case for Northern Michigan DB Ratavian Rinkines on Sunday, when he saved a man from drowning.

Per a report from, Rinkines was on the beach above the water when he noticed a man seemed to be drowning and sprung into action:

“I was sitting on the beach next to Black Rocks and noticed this man jump in,” Rinkines said in a press release. “I saw that he was swimming but then seemed to stop and start yelling for his wife. I realized he must be drowning so I started yelling up to his wife but she couldn’t hear me so I sprinted around the beach and then climbed down to pull him out of the water.”

The man apparently was experiencing muscle cramps and couldn’t swim anymore. Fortunately, Rinkines was there to help:

“I didn’t think about it when it happened I was just like, ‘go.’ But it makes me feel good knowing I helped somebody else,” Rinkines said.